Companies will need to take transport emissions more seriously or risk damaging their corporate image, says environmental consultancy Ricardo-AEA.
From April 2013, all businesses in the UK will be required to include all emissions data – including transport – in their annual reports for the UK and overseas. This includes both direct (scope 1) emissions, such as those from owned or controlled vehicles, and indirect (scope 2) Greenhouse Gas emissions, which includes “transport-related activities in vehicles not owned or controlled by the reporting entity.”
Ricardo-AEA says very few schemes currently factor in transport emissions, and many companies will fall fowl of the new rules as a result.
Christine St John Cox, Ricardo-AEA’s Carbon Management Knowledge Leader said: “The good news for businesses is that monitoring and reporting in this way helps to identify opportunities to cut emissions, and as transport accounts for a significant proportion of operational costs for many organisations, there is the potential to make significant financial savings, alongside the reductions in carbon.”
Logistics companies could easily help companies cut carbon footprints with their expertise, but more efficient vehicles and programmes are also in development.
The £23 million, Government-backed Technology Strategy Board is running two-year trials with more aerodynamic trucks, dual-fuel technology and natural gas-powered vehicles.
Freight Minister, Mike Penning said: “These trials will reduce CO2 emissions from freight and provide important information from a range of real-life situations, that will increase industry confidence in low carbon trucks in the long term.”
The demonstration trial fleets will be run for two years, during which time usage data will be gathered and analysed by the Department for Transport.